Brooke Bridges Embraces Equity
Brooke Bridges is known as a Kitchen Magician, Farmer and CSA Assistant Manager at Soul Fire Farm, an Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system.
What inspired you to join Soul Fire Farm?
I moved from Los Angeles to the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts in 2017 with hopes of being able to farm and live in the woods. I wanted to fully embrace my femininity, my connection to nature, my biracial roots, and my fluidity in all aspects of my life. I used food, fungi, and plant medicines tools for healing and for benefiting not only my personal journey but also the mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the collective. I am now farming and living in community on the land at Soul Fire Farm.
What is unique about Soul Fire Farm?
Soul Fire Farm is a community farm that offers food sovereignty programs that reach over 50,000 people each year. It is our mission to bring diverse communities together, on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health, and environmental justice. We are training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.
What other projects have you worked on as an entrepreneur?
I recently founded Brooke's Botanicals, which offers various remedies using plant and fungi medicine to heal ailments associated with birth, postpartum, and the womban’s cycle. I also work as a mental health speaker for youth, developed a social emotional learning curriculum called Building Bridges, and I’m learning to unite all of these skills and passions to improve the overall wellbeing of our community.